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LETISIA CRUZ & HEATHER LANG
“Researchers have uncovered evidence that suggests our brains bind us to the music we heard as teenagers more tightly than anything we’ll hear as adults—a connection that doesn’t weaken as we age,” writes Mark Joseph Stern of Slate magazine in his piece, “Neural Nostalgia.” He references the book, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession. One of the questions listed on the back cover begs the following: why are we “so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre”? Apparently there’s a very real neurological connection… something about science… pubertal hormones and the prefrontal cortex... but, we aren’t doing brain surgery! Here at Petite Hound Press where we pair poems with visual art, we’re just sparking connections. (Get it? Neurons… sparking connections…? Ok. Never mind.)
This month, as we embark on our new journey, the year 2016, we’re interested in how the past might affect the future. While it sounds likely that the music we listened to during our youth will influence the remainder of our adult lives, we suspect that the children’s books we read when we were even younger might be equally as formative. So, while we’ll leave the music to the musicians and the science to the scientists, we’ve paired Paul Siegell’s poem with Graham Francois visual art to create an issue that at first glance reminds us of a page from a children’s book.
By the way, we’ll give you permission: while you take in this issue, turn on some tunes. No matter your decade of adolescence, go ahead and revisit your teenage favorites: some 1950’s Bill Haley and The Comets; 60’s The Rolling Stones; 70’s Heart; 80’s Duran Duran; 90’s Green Day; or, if you’re a real youngster, The Black Eyed Peas … don’t worry. We won’t card you. Unless you want us to, that is!
Happy New Year! We hope that you’ll keep what you love from the past, and we wish you all the best as you embark on your new adventures in 2016. Welcome to ISSUE 23 of Petite Hound Press.
POET Paul Siegell is the author of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books). He is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has contributed to Black Warrior Review, Coconut, Redivider, and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul’s work - and concrete poetry t-shirts - at >> “ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL” <<
ARTIST Graham Franciose grew up in the forests of Massachusetts. His work reaches back to those times of exploration and imagination, where anything was possible. His whimsical, sometimes emotional, illustrations show a sliver of a story, a moment between the action, leaving the exact circumstances and narrative up to the viewer. There is sense of familiarity and honesty within his characters and scenes, as well as a sense of mystery and wonder.
Graham received his BFA in Illustration from the Hartford Art School in '05. He originally wanted to pursue Children's Book Illustration as a career, but his personal work has taken center stage over the last few years. He currently lives and works as a professional artist and illustrator in Austin, TX.
Editors' Note References:
Levitin, Daniel J. (2007). This Is Your Brain on Music: The science of a human obsession. New York, NY: Plume.
Stern, Mark J. (2014, Aug. 12) Neural Nostalgia. Slate. Retrieved from